83 episodes

On the Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast, you will hear from safety, security and protection professionals on a range of topics from real-life security incidents including acts of mass violence and high-profile kidnappings to what it takes to break the bias as a woman in the industry. Our episodes uncover the lesser-known details of pivotal events in the past, as well as stories from leaders and their counterparts that shape how we view the future of the industry.

The Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast Ontic, The Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence

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    • 5.0 • 34 Ratings

On the Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast, you will hear from safety, security and protection professionals on a range of topics from real-life security incidents including acts of mass violence and high-profile kidnappings to what it takes to break the bias as a woman in the industry. Our episodes uncover the lesser-known details of pivotal events in the past, as well as stories from leaders and their counterparts that shape how we view the future of the industry.

    When You Have Two Seconds to Make a Decision in the Line of Fire — Stories from President Reagan’s Former Protective Detail

    When You Have Two Seconds to Make a Decision in the Line of Fire — Stories from President Reagan’s Former Protective Detail

    On March 30th, 1981 Danny Spriggs had a career-defining moment that has stayed with him ever since he left the Washington Hilton Hotel. His instinctive move in a matter of seconds ensured that President Reagan, one of his assignments during his nearly three decades in the Secret Service, was safe from harm when shots were fired.

    In this episode, he recounts the details of Reagan’s assassination attempt, as well as his current role as Vice President of Global Security and Safety at The Associated Press (AP). He works at AP’s headquarters in New York City where he facilitates all security-related tactical, operational and strategic planning for their nearly 250 bureaus in 100 countries. He shares the challenges in keeping journalists safe in high-risk areas, and the value of adopting proactive security measures and contingency planning for situations you would least expect.

    Before his time at AP, Carlton Daniel “Danny” Spriggs spent 28 years in the Secret Service, starting as a special agent with the Albuquerque, New Mexico, field office and working his way up to deputy director in Washington, D.C., in 2002. His awards and honors include a Special Act Award from the U.S. Department of Treasury for Spriggs’ performance during the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

    • 25 min
    Security Robots: A New Frontier in Protection — and Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid

    Security Robots: A New Frontier in Protection — and Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid

    When you’re on the highway and you notice a patrol officer up ahead, your instinct is to pump the brakes no matter what speed you’re going. The same caution prevails for seeing a five-foot, 400-pound security robot monitoring a corporate campus — an unwanted visitor is far more likely to take their actions elsewhere when they see a large machine with a strobe light in their vicinity.

    William (Bill) Li, CEO of Knightscope, an advanced security technology company, recounts these stories in his discussion with host Fred Burton, along with the story behind the company’s formation nearly 10 years ago. You’ll walk away from the episode with a new understanding of the role robots play in security professionals’ day-to-day and, on a macro level, how they can combat crime rates in the areas where they are effectively deployed.

    William Li is the Chairman and CEO of Knightscope, Inc. [NASDAQ: KSCP] and is a seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur and former corporate executive at Ford Motor Company. He was the Founder and COO of GreenLeaf, which became the world's second largest automotive recycler (now part of NASDAQ: LKQ) and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from University of Detroit Mercy. His long-term ambition – along with his company’s mission – is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world, changing everything for everyone.

    Knightscope is an advanced security technology company based in Silicon Valley that builds fully
    autonomous security robots that deter, detect, and report.

    • 27 min
    It’s More Than Just Mail - How Corporations Can Avoid Risk Before it Materializes

    It’s More Than Just Mail - How Corporations Can Avoid Risk Before it Materializes

    When a CEO receives a threatening letter it’s rarely just a one-off incident. However, it’s surprising to realize how frequently these notes are tossed in the trash and treated without concern. Will Plummer, Chief Security Officer of RaySecur, knows first-hand how mail is a bellwether to many other security events, and when ignored, can cause very avoidable turmoil for corporate security teams and the people they protect.

    Will speaks with host Chuck Randolph on the importance of screening procedures in mail rooms and how easily address information can be obtained online and needs to be monitored with the same vigilance — especially in the wake of controversial decisions or lay-offs. For more information, check out Will’s 2021 Annual Mail Security Report containing valuable insights for mail and physical security teams. https://raysecur.com/mail-security-report-2021/

    Will is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, where he earned a Bronze Star with Valor as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. He commanded multiple Special Operations support units and served as a certified EOD Team Leader and a Master Instructor. Over his military career, he managed thousands of full-spectrum EOD operations and directed VIP security support for the last eight U.S. presidents. As RaySecur's Chief Security Officer, he consults with customers to evaluate and strengthen their mail security strategies. He also leads the RaySecur Professional Services team providing customers with risk assessments, the formation of best practice security procedures, training, and 24/365 threat identification and mitigation support.

    • 33 min
    Bridging the Gap Between Human Resources and Security: Strategies for Partnership

    Bridging the Gap Between Human Resources and Security: Strategies for Partnership

    Sometimes it takes an unfortunate event to inspire change. For Melissa Muir, a Human Resources (HR) professional committed to bridging the gap between security and HR, this realization came to her as she was about to embark on an employee termination - but one that was potentially very dangerous. From this incident, she was drawn to learn more about workplace security and to find ways for HR and security departments to collaborate more closely together. She further pursued opportunities to learn how HR can participate in security by joining the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) where she learned the value of collaboration across department lines in operating a threat management program.

    In this episode, Muir explains how Human Resources is one of the most underutilized ingredients in holistically assessing a threat and enhancing workplace safety. HR personnel often see signs of troubling behavior early on in an employee’s journey, whether it be signs of deception in the interview process or signals of ill intent during a 90- day review with a manager. Tying these two areas together allows for collaboration when something doesn’t feel quite right, and it doesn’t take a seasoned security professional to realize Muir’s wise words — “you can’t paint a red flag green.”

    Melissa Muir has been a Human Resources professional in the U.S. courts for 25 years, including the federal court in the State of Washington. She is currently the HR Director for her hometown of Shoreline, just north of Seattle. Informed by threat management principles, Melissa is passionate about bridging the gap between security and human resources to improve the safety and health of our organizations. Melissa is the Past President of the Northwest Chapter of ATAP and serves on the national sponsorship committee. Melissa has served as an instructor at the Gavin De Becker & Associates’ Advanced Threat Academy with Gabby Thompson, an Ontic Protective Intelligence Pioneer.

    • 46 min
    Brad Thor Pushes Beyond His Comfort Zone in Latest Thriller - Rising Tiger

    Brad Thor Pushes Beyond His Comfort Zone in Latest Thriller - Rising Tiger

    With 15 million books in print, Brad Thor has to be doing something right. His Scot Harvath series has evolved to encompass 22 thrillers — each with a mind-bending plot that can be read as a stand-alone novel or for those avid fans who have followed along from the very beginning in The Days of Lucerne.

    He returns to the podcast to speak with Fred about his latest thriller - Rising Tiger. They cover everything from the research that went into understanding threats in the Eastern hemisphere to how he is able to adapt his main character to new environments as time goes on. He is an author who is truly committed to working for his readers and knows the art of blending real-world events into his stories that have the ability to stay relevant decades from now.

    BRAD THOR is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two thrillers, including Black Ice, Near Dark, Backlash, Spymaster, The Last Patriot, and Blowback. He has appeared on every major news channel to share the parallels between his novels around terrorism and international espionage, and the real threats facing the world today. Visit his website at BradThor.com and follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/BradThorOfficial and on Twitter @BradThor.

    • 26 min
    The Crucial Role of Anticipating Risk on a Global Scale from Salesforce’s Strategic Intelligence Team

    The Crucial Role of Anticipating Risk on a Global Scale from Salesforce’s Strategic Intelligence Team

    The feeling of uncertainty is no stranger to corporate security teams around the world. From the pandemic, to civil unrest, to the war in Ukraine, teams have learned the hard way how these global events can suspend business and cause employees to take on a general feeling of doubt about what to do next.

    How can companies look over the horizon and anticipate these risks? Lewis Sage-Passant does a deep dive on this topic both in his research and his day-to-day work as the Global Strategic Intelligence Manager at Salesforce. In this episode, he speaks with Fred about how teams can shift their perception from a cost center to a partner who can speak the language of the business and deliver strategic information to serve the revenue-driving parts of the business. He also shares his research into the history of private-sector intelligence - its expansion after 9/11, the controversial territory of activist and environmental threats, and the ethics of intelligence.

    Lewis is a Doctoral Researcher at the UK’s Loughborough University focusing on the history, structure, capabilities, and ethics of intelligence in the private sector. Lewis currently works for leading U.S. technology company Salesforce as their Global Strategic Intelligence manager. Lewis is also the founder and co-editor of EncyclopediaGeopolitica.com, and works with multiple cross-industry intelligence-sharing groups including the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals and the EMEA Analyst Roundtable. Prior, Lewis worked in intelligence, security and crisis management in Hong Kong and the Middle East in the investment banking and oil and gas industries.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

alexramati ,

This is a smart podcast

So happy this podcast started. I’m learning so much about the security industry and threat assessments from some of the best experts around, especially the experiences from Fred Burton. Definitely a weekly must listen.

Indyguy999 ,

Experience- Excellence- Great info

Fred Burton is an exceptional story writer and as such a gifted moderator and interviewer. His years of experience in all aspects of law enforcement and geopolitics results in impactful conversations with fellow professionals. These podcast are excellent and I look forward to each new episode.

MuseScry ,

Excellent podcast “A Sniper in the Tower”

This review is written so that there are absolutely no misunderstandings concerning the content of my message.

Mr. Gary Lavergne depicted the events as they transpired in an eye opening awareness of the gravity of the situation as if it were in live time. Mr. Fred Burton was exceptional in asking situational questions of the event that continued to enhance the awareness of the tragedy that happened on that day and the lead up beforehand.

I truly look forward of more to come from The Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast.

MuseScry

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